Enhancing Global Prosperity

Economic Impact
Economic Impact


Enhancing Global Prosperity

The air cargo industry is a powerful catalyst for spurring broad economic and social progress. As the third-largest mover of air freight in the world, Atlas Air Worldwide is driven to be a leader in an industry that is boosting the global flow of goods, people, capital, technology, ideas and social well-being.

Delivering Global Impact

In 2018, we continued to deliver in ways that bring the world together and enhance global prosperity: by delivering farmers’ products and life-saving medicine to growing and needy populations around the world, by enabling economic value chains to be efficient and far-reaching, and by helping to create jobs and economic opportunity in the markets we serve and the communities where we operate.

Our impact is global, and it starts with our team of nearly 3,300 talented employees and our operating network spanning nearly 400 destinations in almost 90 countries. In addition to our headquarters in Purchase, New York, we have operations centers near the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, at Anchorage International Airport in Alaska, and in Hong Kong; an operations hub and training center in Miami; and key logistics centers around the world. In addition to the impact of our own employment ranks, our business supports thousands of jobs among our partners, vendors, contractors and the local businesses near our destinations. Our impact includes:

  • Our headquarters in Purchase, New York, currently has more than 550 employees. In September 2019, we announced our plans to invest $37.5 million over the next five years for a renewal and extension of our headquarters lease, buildout and equipment, which will result in the addition of approximately 100 Atlas jobs.
  • In Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky (CVG), we are investing in significant improvements at our operations center, including additional office and warehouse space, state-of-the-art technology and a new maintenance hangar. We are expanding at an airport that is experiencing record-breaking growth – CVG generates approximately $4.4 billion of annual impact on the local economy, according to airport officials.
  • Direct and indirect economic impacts of our operations are apparent in a wide range of other cities including Anchorage, Houston, Phoenix and Hong Kong. For example, Atlas accounts for approximately 50% of all cargo by weight to/from the Anchorage International Airport.

Working with Our Customers Makes a Difference

Atlas’ operating philosophy is to grow our business by helping our customers grow theirs. Together, we are aligned with trends that are driving the global supply chain. These trends include:

  • The increasing global middle class
  • E-commerce growth
  • The need for speed and efficiency in supply chains and markets
  • Urbanization, which centralizes the demand for goods and services

Our customer base includes the world’s leading express and e-commerce delivery providers, airlines, freight forwarders, shippers and charter brokers, and we are the largest provider of military cargo and passenger airlift to the U.S. Department of Defense. Through our work, we enable large companies to access growing markets and manage highly efficient supply chains. We also help open markets for small businesses, including technology startups, farmers and craftsmen. Regions and communities in all parts of the world benefit from our reach and impact.

Our Reach in 2018 – Global Operating Network


airports in 89 countries




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Serving global supply chains

  • Ensuring environmental and quality control to deliver life-saving medicines
  • Facilitating global supply chain of high-value consumer electronics
  • Providing just-in-time delivery of auto parts
  • Delivered 75 million pounds of fresh salmon from Chile in one year
  • Delivered 26 million pounds of flowers from South America in one year
  • Shipping agricultural products, including asparagus, blueberries, cherries and more, from Peruvian farmers